Last January, we got a chance to see Panasonic‘s 3D demonstration on their 103-inch screen, and it appears that the company was able to shrink it down for the typical consumer, and they’ll be showing it off at CEATEC 2009 next week. Their 50-inch screen is meant for the typical consumer (starting with early adopters.) To take advantage of 3D on this set, you need to use it alongside a 3D-compatible Blu-ray player along with shutter glasses. There is no word on a price point, but these 3D TVs should be all the rage next year.
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Samsung has added the ability to stream YouTube videos to a trio of their Blu-ray players. The Samsung BD-P1600, PBD-P3600, and BD-P4600 will all give you this option, as long as they are connected to the Internet. With these units, you should have no problem watching Keyboard Cat, iJustine, and yes, Gear Live on YouTube. Just run an update on the player, and you are up and running.
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Okay, heads up, we’ve got another exclusive deal for you if you are looking to pick up a notebook. You can get $180 off of any HP Pavilion dv4t, and you also walk away with a free CalcPad 200 calculator. Here is the full scoop:
- Valid for 2 Days Only - 8/20 to 8/22/09
- GET $180 off when you purchase any customized HP dv4t
- Free 3GB RAM upgrade
- Free 320GB hard drive upgrade
- Free CalcPad 200 calculator
- Free shipping
- Use coupon code NBL1562 during checkout
You have to act quickly, though, because the offer is only good today through Saturday, August 22th. Head on over to the special HP Pavilion dv4t page where you can configure the system, and during checkout, be sure to use the following coupon code: NBL1562. That will give you the $180 discount, and you’ll be all set.
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Okay, heads up, we’ve got a nice exclusive deal for you if you are looking to pick up a notebook. You can get $500 off of any HP HDX 18T when purchased with an HP Mini 110 XP netbook. Here is the full scoop:
- Valid for 2 Days Only - 8/13 to 8/15/09
- GET $500 off when you purchase both the HP HDX 18T and HP Mini 110 XP
- HP Mini 100 XP let’s you stay connected on the go
- HP HDX 18T features Blu-ray drive, 18-inch screen
You have to act quickly, though, because the offer is only good today through Saturday, August 15th. Head on over to the special HP HDX 18T page where you can configure the system, and during checkout, be sure to use the following coupon code: NBY4876. That will give you the $500 discount, and you’ll be all set.
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I can’t help but wonder if Sharp has set a record for the most TVs announced in one day as they are putting out 13 LCD TVs with built-in Blu-ray recorders. These AQUOS DX2 series sets come in the sizes that you see here, with the 40, 46, and 52-inchers hitting you with a contrast ratio of 15,000:1 at 1080p, while all the other smaller models come in at a 7000:1 contrast ratio. The prices will vary as the 26-inch model costs $1,700, while the 52-inch models retail at $4,800. So far, this line of Blu-ray recording Sharp AQUOS TVs are slated for a Japan-only release.
Read More | Sharp Press Release
My friend Tyler Pruitt from over at Format War Central got his hands on one of the new VIZIO VBR100 Blu-ray players from Wal-mart - you know, the Profile 2.0 player that sells for just $178? Check out an unboxing of the device above, along with some thoughts on the pros and cons of this player.
The HT-BD3252 not only features a bundle of speakers, but it has an integrated Blu-ray 2.0 profile player that supports BD-Live. It supports audio codecs like Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD-MA, and includes streaming Internet services such as Pandora, Netflix, and Blockbuster with the included Wi-Fi dongle. All this plus an iPod dock for just $799.
Full press release after the jump.
You may not know this, but the underground Swiss Army knife of video playing software known as VLC, a project that started 8 and a half years ago, has finally hit version 1.0. Along the new version comes plenty of new features, including high definition codecs, AirTunes streaming, support for Blu-Ray linear PCM, and plenty of bug fixes. If you play video on your computer, you’ll definitely want to give this one a download to try it out.
VLC 1.0 is completely free and is available for download on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems.
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For you extreme audiophile Blu-ray fans out there, we just came across a great list of movies that include a 7.1 surround sound audio track. If you’ve got a 7.1 speaker setup, you’ll likely find this list to be worth checking out. There are some gems on here (3:10 To Yuma, Pan’s Labyrinth, Weeds,) as well as a few horrible movies (Disaster Movie, Hannah Montana, Witless Protection,) but the common thread here is that all o the currently listed 90 movies hit you with a lossless 7.1 audio track.
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Get rid of some of your old DVDs through Amazon and get a gift certificate. They will accept regular DVDs, HD and Blu-ray movies and TV shows with original container and worth at least $10.00. Shipping is free and your account is credited within a couple of days. Looking at their offer, we found the average price, no matter what format, was about $5.00, depending on age, but some were as low as $2.50. We found a Harry Potter Gift Set, that sells for $112.49, was worth all of $13.50. Still, it will give you the ability to buy a DVD you haven’t seen.
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